Friday, November 30, 2012

Fisher Price Friday - Little Snoopy

Does this face look familiar?  It's the Little Snoopy #693.  This little dog was made 1966-1989 with only one variation over the years.  In 1990 it was issued again as #2034 but without the little shoe.  Fisher Price made other dog pull toys as well, but this was one of the most common.  Some may argue that the #181 Snoopy Sniffer was more popular, but I'm still on the Little Snoopy side. :)  

Little Snoopy has a wood body, plastic wheels and ears, a metal spring tail with a bead on the end and paper lithographs all over.  He wobbles around when you pull the string and he makes a yip yip sound.  The tail appears to wag and the ears move back and forth.

Snoopy is holding a red string in his mouth that has a yellow wood shoe on it.  From 1984-1989 the shoe was made of plastic.

This sweet little puppy was designed for children aged 1-3 so it's just perfect for my baby-girl.  However, it is a classic addition to any Fisher Price collection. 

The top of the dog says Fisher Price Little Snoopy.

We love ours!  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

FREE Kids Workshop at Home Depot

It's that time again, the free kids workshop at Home Depot is this Saturday from 9am-12. This month's activity is a picture frame. Perfect for holiday gift giving!

If it's your first time your child gets the cutest little apron.  You also get a pin after completing the craft  and sometimes extra gifts too.  One month my daughter got a flashlight set.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tomato Basil Parmesan Crock Pot Soup

This is officially my new favorite soup.  You will have to take my word for it a little since the photo doesn't do it justice.  I was trying to catch the light as the sun set and it just isn't ideal.  The soup however is!  It is a crock pot/slow cooker recipe which is a bonus because it makes preparation easier and anticipation higher.  Nothing like a good smelling dinner to fill up the house before a meal.

The recipe is from 365 days of slow cooking I only made a couple changes.  You do a little prep in the morning and then a little more before you finish the soup.  I recommend making some hot fresh crusty bread (I like the 1/2 baked ones from Trader Joe's) to have on the side.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup
2 (14 oz) cans (or box) diced tomatoes, with juice
1 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 T fresh oregano
1 T dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth (1 big box)
½ bay leaf
½ cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese (I used shredded)
½ cup butter
1 1/2 cups half and half, warmed
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper

1. Add tomatoes, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil, and bay leaf to a large slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.  If you have an immersion blender use it to blend the vegetables into smaller pieces at the end of your cooking time.
3. About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour. Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup. Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth. Add all back into the slow cooker. Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half, salt and pepper. Add additional basil and oregano if needed.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for another 30 minutes or so until ready to serve.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Books "Advent" for kids

Here is another fun Christmas idea that I read about on Pinterest.  This one is a twist on advent, instead of chocolates each day the kids have books instead.  The dentist would be proud.

It's really quite simple.  You take 25 Christmas or winter themed books and wrap each one up like a present.  Put numbers on each one from 1-25 and that's it!  Of course finding 25 Christmas/Winter books isn't the easiest or cheapest task I realize.  I started a couple months ago regularly checking local thrift stores or garage sales to stock up.

The beauty of this advent is that you can use the same books each year for a few years at least.  In our house we only read Christmas/Winter books in the winter so they are a familiar surprise.  If you don't have 25 right now you could always wrap what you have and then look for Christmas sales.  Or, you could go to my Etsy shop, I have a few Vintage Little Golden Christmas books for sale. :)

It's not too late, you have a few more days till December 1st!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sweet Jack - another way to save!

Have you heard of Sweet Jack?  It's the newest daily deals website.  I have a confession to make, I LOVE daily deals sites.  I daily check a few including Groupon, LivingSocial, GroupDealz and Google Offers.

This is a new site so they are still growing, and they just recently added a section of products for sale like watches, glasses, scarves, chocolate and even a singing toothbrush!  This is in addition to the other local groupon-type offers.

For a limited time (through the end of tomorrow) you can get an additional 15% off your order with the code THANKJACK15.

So don't wait, go check them out!

SweetJack - 50%-90% Discount

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Diaper Pail Deodorizer - Make Your Own Christmas Gift

My most popular post this last year has been an entry called Make Your Own Diaper Pail Deodorizer.  It is a great DIY project that works for either cloth or disposable diaper pails.  It's simple and effective.  Must be why it's so popular!

I decided to mix it up a little and make a Christmas version that can be gifted to the diaper changing people in your life.  Or you can make a festive version for yourself!

Christmas Diaper Pail Deodorizer 
Baking Soda
Mint Essential Oil (you can also use lavender, tea-tree, eucalyptus or lemon)
A container to put it in (a large spice container would work great)

1. Take a medium bowl and put baking soda in. I used 1 cup b/c that's what my shaker held.
2. Add water slowly until it makes a thick paste.
3. Add a few drops of mint oil. I used about 5-7 drops.
4. Spoon the paste into a cupcake cup until it's about 1/2 inch full.

5. Wait 1-2 days for the mixture to dry out. Mine took only one day but I live in a very dry climate.

6. Break up the disks with a fork so that it is not too clumpy in the container.

7. Put the powder mix into your container.
8. Decorate the container with a Christmas gift label.  I decided to call mine "Mint Diaper Pail Magic".

Then shake in your diaper pail at changes or when needed.

Extra disks can be saved to refill the container or can be used by themselves in the bottom of the diaper pail (or anywhere you want to deodorize).  Another gifting option is to put the mixture into Christmas themed cupcake liners and stack the finished disks in a clear gift bag and wrap with a bow!

For more Info on Cloth Diapering check out:

Diaper Liner Reviews

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shutterfly Holiday Coupons and Codes

Ah Black Friday, we meet again.  I have to admit that I am still in my pajamas and have not yet left my house.  I usually think about venturing out in the dark cold morning to collect bargains while struggling against the masses but then I turn over and go back to sleep.  Ha!

There are still deals to be found online though.  Here are some from my favorite store Shutterfly:

Up to 50% off all photo books, 40% off Stationary Cards, 20% off Greeting Card & Photo Cards from Offer valid 11/20-11/28

30% off 1 or 40% off 2 or more Calendars from! Offer valid 11/20-11/25

This one expires today:
1 FREE calendar from, no minimum purchase requirement – use code CALENDAR2013. Offer valid 11/20-11/23

Choice of 10 FREE 5x7 flat or 5x7 folded cards from Shutterfly! Use code BLACKFRIDAY. Offer valid 11/22-11/25

So don't wait, go create!

Fisher Price Friday - 2009 Ornaments

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, officially!  We put the kids tree up last night and it is full of all of our lovely and colorful Hallmark Fisher Price Ornaments.  I've already shared a few (9) of the Hallmark Fisher Price Ornaments and I've just got 5 more left.  Today it's the two ornaments from 2009, the Chatter Telephone and the School Bus.  
First up the School Bus.  This cute little bus is the tiny exact replica of the #192 School Bus made between 1965-1990.  This little bus has a driver and 3 passengers.

The right side of the bus has the angry boy looking out (I put the same boy in my big bus).  The door doesn't open and the wheels don't move, but otherwise it looks the same!

The left side of the bus has the blond little girl (with a bob) and the Lucky dog with a red collar. 

No moving eyes or pull cord on the ornament.

Next up the Chatter Telephone.  It looks just like the full size #747 Chatter Telephone which was made from 1962-1989, another classic!  The ornament doesn't have moving wheels but the rotary part of the phone moves around making the familiar whirring sound.

I've seen this ornament on Ebay for as much as $125 if you can believe it.  It is currently the most expensive of the Hallmark Fisher Price Ornaments.  I'm not telling how much I paid. ;) 

Last but not least a bonus Fisher Price ornament.  This one is not a Hallmark Ornament.  It's called the Little People Toboggan and it was a gift from another Fisher Price loving friend! :)

There were a few ornaments in this series and I see them on Ebay.  They have their own Corn Popper  (with a candy cane handle), Snoop 'n Sniff and Rock-a-Stack Snowman.  I've also seen a Chatter Phone with a santa hat on it, School Bus (with garland and Christmas decorations on it) and a Christmas Mini Copter.  I will try to resist collecting these toys too.  We'll see how well that goes, ha!

Before Christmas I'll do one more update with the last 3 ornaments.  They include the Play Family Farm, Zookeeper Says and the Snoop 'N Sniff.  I'll also post a photo of our kid's Christmas Tree in all her glory!

For review here are all 14 of the Hallmark Ornaments:

2007 - See 'N Say
2008 - Play Family Farm
2008 - View-Master
2009 - School Bus
2009 - Chatter Telephone
2010 - Play Family Fun Jet
2010 - Zookeeper Says
2010 - Play Family School
2011 - Music Box Teaching Clock
2011 - Play Family House
2011 - Little People Lil' Movers Fire Truck (not a vintage toy)
2011 - Snoop 'N Sniff - Limited quantity
2012 - Corn Popper
2012 - Two Tune TV

For more of my entries on Fisher Price Ornaments go herehere and here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
Little People Pilgrims and one Indian sharing a dinner. :)
Pilgrim mommy and her girls in the wagon (from the Western set).
Bring on the turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!  And yes, I spent way too much time making those tiny little Pilgrim hats.  Ha!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(semi) Wordless Wednesday - Tolmachoff Farms

Today we had a fall pre-school field trip to Tolmachoff Farms.  We went last spring too, but it was a bit different this time of year.  For one thing it was warmer.  By the end it was almost 80 degrees.  Yes, the day before Thanksgiving!

Corn Maze
Huge air jumper (like a trampoline).  I went on it with the baby and she laughed and laughed.

Vegetable picking.  This time we "harvested" cucumbers, zucchini, radishes and turnips.

The favorite activity, the ladybug ride through the fields.

A perfect pre-Thanksgiving field trip.  Thanks Teacher Kathy!